A small but significant number of theologians, psychologists, and other conservative Christians are beginning to develop moral arguments that it’s possible to affirm same-sex relationships not in spite of orthodox theology, but within it. In books, academic journals, magazines, blog posts, speeches, conferences, and campus clubs, they are steadily building a case that there is a place in the traditional evangelical church for sexually active gay people in committed, monogamous relationships. They argue that the Bible, read properly, doesn't condemn such relationships at all—and neither should committed Christians.
Can the evangelical church embrace gay couples? Here Matthew Vines speaks to each of the 'clobber' passages used to attack homosexuality in engaging detail and describes his vision for the role of gay Christians in the church. (1:07:18) [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on May 13, 2014 -
"s/s/s started to sound like the Nazi Schutzstaffel with a lisp so we had to change it. We wanted a word with three S’s and Sisyphus felt like a capable anti-hero—endless struggle, the human plague, the existential condition. We are all working towards nothing. Also, the apparent futility of this collaboration—a black rapper from Chicago, a white singer-songwriter from Detroit, and an arty producer with cool glasses, though I dunno where Ryan’s from, Cleveland? We have so little in common but we have deep love for each other and we are pushing that stone together.
" That's Sufjan Stevens
, talking about his collaboration with the rapper Serengeti
(David Cohn), and singer/producer Son Lux
(Ryan Lott), who released their Beak & Claw EP last year as s/s/s
(Bandcamp), and have recently released their debut album as Sisyphus
(Bandcamp). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Mar 24, 2014 -
Yesterday's debate among the four mayoral candidates in St. Paul, Minnesota had some pretty interesting moments
. Current mayor Chris Coleman's facial expressions are not to be missed. Yay democracy!
posted by vytae
on Oct 25, 2013 -
Since at least February, the St, Paul police and the FBI have been trying to infiltrate protest
groups planning to demonstrate and the RNC. Apparently they were successful because they have begun arresting
protestors before the convention actually starts. They even went after the press. I have to wonder if any MeFites
posted by Xurando
on Aug 30, 2008 -
Southeast Asian refugees,
like other immigrant populations, have had a mix of experiences and successes since they began arriving in the U.S. in the 1970s. Among the refugees, two groups, the Mien
and the Hmong
, tribes who populate the mountains of Laos and Thailand
, fled when the Communists took over. Today, some
Mien, also known to some Asians as the Yao, continue to live in China, where they are a recognized minority group
and elsewhere. Large numbers of the
have settled in Portland, Ore., and California, and appear to be doing pretty well. The Hmong
settled primarily in Minneapolis and St. Paul because their military leader, Gen. Vang Pao
settled there. You may have read about the
Hmong man who killed six white hunters
, claiming racial animosity, but before that occurred, the Hmong themselves have experienced one tragedy
posted by etaoin
on Mar 29, 2005 -
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune
Some twin cities churches are holding services in novel places. Like Champps sports bar.
Lisa Walker attends Wooddale and likes the idea of Champps. "It's something new and fun," she said as she sat at a table with a friend before services Sunday. They said they were planning to stay for brunch. "It's friends, food, fun and faith, all in one," Walker, of Richfield, said. Her friend, who does not normally attend church and was hesitant to give her name, said she would attend Wooddale but liked the informal setting.
Don't forget alcohol and heavy food, Ms. Walker.
posted by 4midori
on Jan 18, 2003 -